Palestinian diplomat: America is still our enemy

Sunday, December 07, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon Abbas Zaki says that notwithstanding the diplomatic language used in public, the Palestinian Authority continues to view the United States as an enemy nation.

In an interview with Lebanon's OTV last month, Zaki insisted that as long as the US has a strategic alliance with Israel, it will be an enemy of the Palestinians.

The interviewer pressed Zaki on how he could label either Israel or the US as enemy nations when the Palestinian Authority has signed a peace deal with one and receives aid from and maintains friendly diplomatic relations with the other.

Zaki replied that the Palestinian Authority only negotiates with Israel and plays nice with the US because it has no other choice at this time.

When the interviewer pointed out that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas regularly refers to the US as a friend of the Palestinians in his public addresses, Zaki insisted that it was all a show.

Zaki was appointed to his post by Abbas himself, and many analysts have said that to discover the Palestinian leader's true positions one need only listen to his ambassador.

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